FFmpeg Installation on the Jetson TX2

While Nvidia does not officially support FFmpeg on Jetson devices (Nano, TX2), it’s worth noting that FFmpeg can leverage Jetson’s powerful hardware resources as an encoder and decoder. This unique capability makes it a compelling choice for your projects. Here’s a detailed guide to installing FFmpeg on the Jetson TX2 using JetPack SDK 4.3.


Since FFmpeg is built from source, we first need to install the necessary dependencies:

$ sudo apt build-dep ffmpeg

If you encounter the error E: You must put some ‘source’ URIs in your sources.list, uncomment the source lines in /etc/apt/sources.list and update the package lists:

$ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Uncomment the line starting with deb-src, save (:wq), and then update the repository:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt build-dep ffmpeg

Build dependent libraries

Clone the Jetson-optimized FFmpeg repository and build it:

$ git clone https://github.com/jocover/jetson-ffmpeg.git
$ cd jetson-ffmpeg
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ..
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo ldconfig

FFmpeg patch and build

Clone FFmpeg repository and apply necessary patches:

$ git clone git://source.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.git -b release/4.2 --depth=1
$ cd ffmpeg
$ wget https://github.com/jocover/jetson-ffmpeg/raw/master/ffmpeg_nvmpi.patch
$ git apply ffmpeg_nvmpi.patch
$ ./configure --enable-nvmpi
$ make -j4 2>&1 | tee make.log
$ sudo make install

Confirm installation:

$ which ffmpeg
$ ffmpeg -codecs | grep 264

You should see the output confirming that h264_nvmpi is included in the H.264 decoder and encoder.

ffmpeg version 3eedf15 Copyright (c) 2000-2019 the FFmpeg developers
  built with gcc 7 (Ubuntu/Linaro 7.5.0-3ubuntu1~18.04)
  configuration: --enable-nvmpi
  libavutil 56. 31.100 / 56. 31.100
  libavcodec     58. 54.100 / 58. 54.100
  libavformat    58. 29.100 / 58. 29.100
  libavdevice    58.  8.100 / 58.  8.100
  libavfilter     7. 57.100 /  7. 57.100
  libswscale      5.  5.100 /  5.  5.100
  libswresample   3.  5.100 /  3.  5.100
 DEV.LS h264                 H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10 (decoders: h264 h264_v4l2m2m h264_nvmpi ) (encoders: h264_nvmpi h264_v4l2m2m h264_vaapi )

Once you’ve followed these steps, you can confirm the successful installation by checking if h264_nvmpi is included in both the H.264 decoder and encoder. This confirmation will give you the satisfaction of a job well done.

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